Schools and Daycares
There are specific requirements for notifying parents or guardians and posting written notices prior to applying pesticides at a school. Details about notification and posting can be found in pesticide control regulations 18 AAC 90.625 (PDF).
Anyone who applies pesticides (some exceptions) anywhere on school grounds must be a certified pesticide applicator.
Any product that claims to control pests is considered a pesticide. This includes "all-natural" products, repellents, and other over-the-counter chemicals. Special requirements for schools apply to both indoor and outdoor products such as
- Insect control
- Rodent control, or
- Weed killer including "weed and feed" type products
The following types of pesticides do not require notification and may be applied by school personnel who are not certified:
- Anti-microbials (sanitizers)
- Rodenticides in a tamper-resistant bait station
- Ready to use paste, foam, or gel
However, it is very important to follow these tips to ensure safe use.
- Use only products registered for use in the state of Alaska. You can check registration status at Kelly Registration Systems.
- Follow all directions on the product label exactly
- When mixing sanitizing solutions, make sure to use the right concentration. Too low a concentration won't be effective; too high a concentration can be dangerous.